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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Making a journey in search of that almighty elusive “black experience,” I ventured into the bowels of the Desire Housing Projects. There, confronted by graffiti and poverty, I came upon a group of children playing a game they called the “Double-Dutch.”
Singing and chanting to a repetitious beat, the final act was to speed the rhythm and whip the rope, trying to thwart the person in the center. In return, the person in the center was to stay free of the turning ropes as they whizzed by.
Then out of nowhere she appeared and offered herself like a sacrifice to the ancestral gods. First she dared the ropes, than took flight. Before her little feet touched the ground, the long braids that dressed her shoulders swung into motion. Fanning out in all directions, the braids formed a circular pattern that framed her twirling head like a religious experience. The other playmates gave homage in a repetitious chant of:
Double-Dutch One!! Double- Dutch Two!!
Charles Simms, Artist
May 22nd, 2011
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